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Deserted beaches show coronavirus hit to Vietnam's tourism sector

About 23,000 workers in resort of Da Nang have taken temporary leave

A sign in front of My Khe beach in Da Nang, Vietnam, this week. (Photo by Hugh Bohane)

DA NANG, Vietnam -- A handful of lifeguards patrolled the main beach of Vietnamese resort city of Da Nang, but not a single sun worshipper.

The My Khe beach that is normally packed with tourists has been closed as part of the country's new social distancing campaign against the spread of the new coronavirus. A loudspeaker system plays a recorded public service announcement in Vietnamese and English to remind people to stay away, wear face masks, and keep two meters away from others.

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